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This episode of The Cycling Podcast finds Lionel Birnie and Daniel Friebe in Menfi, the home town of Team Sky’s Sicilian rider Salvatore Puccio where they recap stage five of the race to Santa Ninfa.

The honours went to Team Lotto NL-Jumbo’s Enrico Battaglin, who had been third the previous day. In this episode we hear from defending champion Tom Dumoulin, plus Nicolas Portal and Matt White look ahead to tomorrow’s stage on Etna.

There’s also a conversation with Kenny Elissonde about why Chris Froome lost time yesterday and we hear from Team Sky’s Dave Brailsford about the ongoing salbutamol case hanging over Froome and its effect on performance.

And Lionel learns Italian.

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Giro d’Italia 2018 Stage 5 Results

1 BATTAGLIN Enrico Team LottoNL-Jumbo 4:06:33
2 VISCONTI Giovanni Bahrain Merida Pro Cycling Team ,,
3 GONÇALVES José Team Katusha – Alpecin ,,
4 SCHACHMANN Maximilian Quick-Step Floors ,,
5 YATES Simon Mitchelton-Scott ,,
6 WELLENS Tim Lotto Fix All ,,
7 GAVAZZI Francesco Androni – Sidermec – Bottecchia ,,
8 LAMMERTINK Maurits Team Katusha – Alpecin ,,
9 POZZOVIVO Domenico Bahrain Merida Pro Cycling Team ,,
10 KONRAD Patrick BORA – hansgrohe ,,
11 BILBAO Pello Astana Pro Team ,,
12 CONTI Valerio UAE-Team Emirates ,,
13 BENNETT George Team LottoNL-Jumbo ,,
14 DENNIS Rohan BMC Racing Team ,,
15 CHAVES Johan Esteban Mitchelton-Scott,,

Giro d’Italia 2018 General Classification

1 1 – DENNIS Rohan BMC Racing Team 18:29:41
2 2 – DUMOULIN Tom Team Sunweb 0:01
3 3 – YATES Simon Mitchelton-Scott 0:17
4 4 – WELLENS Tim Lotto Fix All 0:19
5 5 – BILBAO Pello Astana Pro Team 0:25
6 6 – SCHACHMANN Maximilian Quick-Step Floors 0:28
7 7 – POZZOVIVO Domenico Bahrain Merida Pro Cycling Team ,,
8 11 ▲3 GONÇALVES José Team Katusha – Alpecin 0:32
9 8 ▼1 PINOT Thibaut Groupama – FDJ 0:34
10 9 ▼1 KONRAD Patrick BORA – hansgrohe 0:35